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£15bn plan to revolutionise transport in Newcastle and the North

From today's Journal Live, copyright NCJMedia Ltd @ http://www.thejournal.co.uk/news/north-east-news/15bn-plan-revolutionise-transport-newcastle-7561727

£15bn plan to revolutionise transport in Newcastle and the North

Aug 05, 2014 06:30 By Mike Kelly



Cities in the North have come up with their own £15bn plan to revolutionise Britain’s transport system in a report to be presented to Chancellor George Osborne today.

The 15-year investment plan, designed to complement the HS2 proposals, are designed to maximise economic growth across the North, boost transport links and help rebalance the national economy. The report, One North: A Proposition for an Interconnected North, is the result of an alliance between Newcastle, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Sheffield. It says the main problem facing the North’s railway system is its “Victorian infrastructure” which they are seeking to put right through calls for massive investment. It was put together in response to a challenge set out by HS2 chairman, Sir David Higgins in his original report HS2 Plus, and the Chancellor in his Northern Powerhouse speech on June 23. In it, Mr Osborne said: “The cities of the North together can be greater than the sum of their parts.”

The report’s authors say that, if their proposals were adopted, they could deliver benefits for the whole of the North of England, including up to 150% additional capacity on roads and as much as 55% faster journey times on a faster, more frequent interconnected rail network.

Newcastle City Council chief executive Pat Ritchie said: “One North is a demonstration that the great Northern cities can work together to shape transport plans which would transform the economic competitiveness of the north - linking people to jobs, goods to customers and our businesses to international markets. Ensuring that Newcastle and the North East are part of an integrated approach to transport is essential to delivering our vision for economic growth in the region.”

The report suggests:

* A new trans-Pennine route and a faster route to Newcastle to provide additional capacity and better connectivity for its economy;

* Growing airports and expanding routes in the North, including Newcastle;

* A new rail line using faster trains between Newcastle and the Darlington area designed to save 10 minutes journey time.

* Speeding up and making more reliable services to London from Newcastle on the East Coast mainline before HS2 is completed;

* Have HS2 services extended northwards from Newcastle to Edinburgh;

* New cross city services considered including routes from Newcastle to Northumberland.

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Northern cities unveil transport bid
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Five cities in the North of England are to unveil a £15bn plan to improve road and rail connections in the region.

The joint One North report will include plans for a new 125mph inter-city rail link, faster links and better access to ports and airports.

It has been developed by an alliance of five cities - Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield.

It comes after George Osborne said faster links could create a "northern global powerhouse".

The report will be presented to the chancellor in Manchester later.

In a speech in June the chancellor said the cities in the north of England were individually strong but were "collectively not strong enough".

He said better road and rail links would allow cities across northern England to "take on the world", as London had done.

Speaking earlier, Mr Osborne said: "We need to make sure we have got a northern powerhouse so that our economy in this country is not unbalanced - we are not wholly dependent on the success of the global city that is London.

"But we have across the North of England individual cities that are better connected, that have a better quality of life and that are able therefore to generate economic activity across our United Kingdom."

Shadow Treasury minister Shabana Mahmood said: "We welcome this report and the city regions of the North of England working together to strategically plan to deliver the growth and jobs we need.

"But only Labour will properly back our city and county regions with ambitious plans to devolve more funding and economic power to them."

BBC Look North reporter Sarah Corker said the One North report would describe how faster links from east to west in northern England could provide a huge boost to the economy and create jobs.

She said it was an "ambitious transport plan with the aim of transforming road and rail connections between the northern cities and unlocking the area's economic potential".

She added that council leaders in northern cities had argued for years the transport links in the region have been far too slow and inferior compared to those in the south of England.

'Better connectivity'
Speaking on BBC Radio 4's Today programme, Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson said the government could not forget the North if it was serious about rebalancing the economy.

He said: "When we talk about economic powerhouses, Manchester and Liverpool, if you just take those two cities in the North together, of course we are one economic powerhouse, it is just we haven't got the connectivity."

He said £350m was being invested in building a super-port which would allow freight from the east to come directly to the UK.

Mr Anderson went on: "We want the capacity, the ability to ship that freight further north, east and across to Hull and the Humber.

"It's right that if we are seriously talking about rebalancing the economy, that we have to create better connectivity between our northern cities."

In June, the chancellor said a so-called HS3 should be considered as part of a review into the second phase of the HS2 high-speed rail project.

He said HS3 could cut the journey time between Leeds and Manchester from about 50 minutes to 30 minutes, with trains travelling at up to 140mph, compared with the current maximum of 90mph.

The plan for a high-speed rail link connecting the cities could cost up to £7bn - but could be cheaper if existing rail lines were updated, he added.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28654134
 

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theres been a notable push lately for devolved powers for yorkshire amongst some , along a similar vein of greater control and prosperity for northern regions

i'll be voting for them

http://www.yorkshirefirst.org.uk/pledge-for-yorkshire/

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Have a great Yorkshire Day!

August 1st saw the launch of the Yorkshire Pledge, with its own site to encourage supporters of no party, or any party can show their support. It’s time for Yorkshire. Visit it here.

Yorkshire has a larger population than Scotland and an economy twice the size of Wales, but with the powers of neither. We support the devolving of powers to the least centralised authority capable of addressing those matters effectively – within Yorkshire, the United Kingdom and Europe.

The Region should come before party interest every time.

Issues and possible solutions should be judged on its benefit to Yorkshire, it’s folk, environment and economy. Neither Left nor Right, put Yorkshire First.

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Where is the voice for Yorkshire? We have 22 councils* but no unified voice. We have LEPs, City Regions, but little say on matters that affect the region. When Yorkshire speaks with one voice we can win. Welcome to Yorkshire being a great example. But where else?

There is nowhere else.

Local & Regional government first
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*Note that there are 22 councils in our region of Yorkshire & Humber, with two of those in the traditional county of Lincolnshire. We have only one county council that covers only North Yorkshire
 

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Likewise for the Southwest. I would like to see full devolved powers for the region.

tbh, its time to revisit the consitutional setup in the UK. Once Scotland have voted no to indpendence next month I think plans are in place to have a detailed look at regional devolution.
 

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So it's just a case to create better transport links?? I'm all for better transport.

Although I don't think we should differentiate the regions. If the UK can produce a world class infrastructure model. The UK is so dense and compact and easy to navigate the country would be so much better for it and it wouldn't really matter where investments were made.

That's how I think we should approach it from now on and that's why HS2 going into Wales to from Birmingham is a must.

Lets link in everyone and lets do it in one fell swoop and make the world see it as the best place to invest in.

We get it right now, it'll keep the UK at the top of the tree for another century so it has to be done and it has to be done well.

These infrastructure improvements in decades to come could be seen as important to the UK economy as things as the industrial revolution because now, we've got so many more countries to compete against.
 

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Likewise for the Southwest. I would like to see full devolved powers for the region.

tbh, its time to revisit the consitutional setup in the UK. Once Scotland have voted no to indpendence next month I think plans are in place to have a detailed look at regional devolution.
I suspect the opposite will happen - ie devolution will be wiped off the agenda in the event of a no vote.
 

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Once Scotland have voted no to indpendence.
I hope your wrong. This country is, for all intents and purposes, a one party state, having a paper wall between the policies of the three political parties. And, we are, without a doubt, a one city state. IMO.

PS: Remember 'Cowboy' Cameron advocating we send troops into Syria to, he said; "Protect the children and innocent civilians"? He, and the other two party leaders are eerily silent on the killing, by the Jewish State, of Palestinian civilians, including hundreds of children. I surmise the British Military are no match for the IDF.
 
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Finally!

It's taken many years, but this is what we've been waiting for. The Northern cites speaking with once voice, and with one aim.

Let's see if Osborne and David Cameron really have listened and start investing in the North.

(report to the article from the MEN already posted)

 

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Birmingham's position at the heart of HS2 is dependent in only the Y getting built anyway. Should a line to Scotland be built from either Leeds or Manchester then those cities overtake Birmingham as the place where most benefits are accrued because suddenly they're within an hour of every major UK conurbation*.

If course as Badger says the benefits are not zero sum, with HS2 a richer North benefits Birmingham just as a richer London does.

* Unless you count South Hampshire as a single conurbation.
 

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Birmingham's position at the heart of HS2 is dependent in only the Y getting built anyway. Should a line to Scotland be built from either Leeds or Manchester then those cities overtake Birmingham as the place where most benefits are accrued because suddenly they're within an hour of every major UK conurbation*.

If course as Badger says the benefits are not zero sum, with HS2 a richer North benefits Birmingham just as a richer London does.

* Unless you count South Hampshire as a single conurbation.
*Which if you do, has a bigger economic output than both Birmingham and Manchester.
 
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